Kenya boast of 9 Lakes 8 of which are found in the great rift valley floor. Some lakes water is either alkaline or fresh . Find the complete list of Kenyan Lakes below.

Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana is alkaline and second largest lake in Kenya and 4th largest salt lake in the world. The county border three counties (Turkana, Marsabit, and Samburu).

Fishing is the main economic activity Lake Turkana. The main tributary of Lake Turkana is River Omo from Ethiopian Highlands. Areas surrounding the Lake experience desert-like climate. But salinity of the water in this lake makes the water unsuitable for drinking and irrigation.

Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is the second in the Rift valley floor after Lake Turkana. The Lake covers approximately 130 square kilometers. Tributaries to this Lake include Molo River, Ol Arabel River, and Perkerra River.

The lake has fresh water.  Many aquatic species thrive in this Lake. They include hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, and Nile Tilapia among other reptiles and mammals.

Lake Kamnarok

Also Known as Lake Kanyaboli, Lake Kamnarok Lake is a seasonal lake found in Kerio Valley in Rift Valley. Kamnarok covers 1 square kilometer. The lake is inaccessible due to the thick mash that surrounds the lake.

Agricultural activities around this lake are greatly threatening the existence of this lake. Tributaries to Lake Kamnarok are rivers Lelabei, Cheplogoi, Owio, and ketipborok.

Lake Logipi

Logipi Lake is located in Kerio Valley in North Rift. The lake is near Lake Turkana. Only the volcano complex separates the two Lakes. Logipi is 6 km long, 3km wide, and 3 to 5 meters deep.  The Lake has hot springs on the Northern side.

Lake Nakuru

Located on the Rift Valley floor, Lake Nakuru is an alkaline-water lake that covers 45 square kilometers. The Lake is relatively shallow. The average depth is 30cm (1 foot) while the deepest part is 1.83M.

Lake Elementeita

This lake is found in the Rift valley floor near Gilgil town covering 18 square kilometers. Elementaita is between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha.

The lake has hot springs on one end. Lake Magadi Tilapia is common here. The fish attracts fish-eating birds thus you will find some flamingos when you visit this area.

Lake Naivasha

Found in Naivasha in Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha covers 139 square kilometers. The Lake has fresh water. Therefore, Lake Baringo and Lake Naivasha are the only Freshwater Lakes in the Rift Valley floor.

Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is an alkaline Lake. This lake covers an estimated 168 square kilometers. The Lake is 10 Meters deep making it the shallowest lake in Kenya.

As a result of the shallow depth, Lake Bogoria hosts thousands of flamingos making it one of the world’s largest flamingo home.

Lake Magadi

Magadi is the last lake in the Rift Valley floor covering approximately 100 square kilometers. The Lake is highly alkaline such that most part of the Lake is covered by salt.

Magadi is characterized by white salts, especially during the dry season. In addition, the Lake experience hot springs that re-generates the lake by evaporating the water.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest Lake in Africa covering 59,947square kilometers. The Lake was named after Queen Victoria of Britain. The main tributary is the Kagera River.

Unlike many Lakes, Lake Victoria has an outflow River known as White Nile. The average depth of Lake Victoria is 41 meters. The deepest part of the lake is 81 meters.

The Lake borders 5 countries that include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Lake Victoria is so vast that there are several towns in different countries surround it.

Towns in Kenya include Kisumu, Kendu Bay, and Homa Bay. Towns in Uganda include Kampala, Jinja, and Entebbe. Towns in Tanzania include Bukoba, Mwanza, and Musoma.